The year 2021 begins with an ominous global situation. If we truly believe, as we should, that God cares and heaven can help, then it is time now to seek intervention from above.
The Most Holy Trinity has sent Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Spiritual Mother of all peoples, into the world, precisely in these times, in order to bring us remedy for the present ubiquitous global crises. The Marian remedy consists in a historic release of graces which will unite us to Jesus, so that we can faithfully endure the purifications now beginning to be experienced in the world. It is the will of God that the Mother of all peoples intercede to bring us the necessary graces that will eventually lead to an era of true peace for our troubled world.
However, for Our Lady to bring us these historic graces, we must freely and solemnly proclaim her as our Spiritual Mother. She will not force graces upon us. We must freely and solemnly request them by publicly witnessing to her true motherly titles, which are in truth her powerful functions of intercession the human family so desperately needs now.
In his January 1, 2021 homily, Pope Francis stated that Mary “is not only the bridge joining us to God; she is more. She is the road that God travelled in order to reach us, and the road that we must travel in order to reach him.” The three specific ways that Mary acts as the bridge joining us to God is precisely through her roles as human Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces, and Advocate.
Mary is the human Co-redemptrix with Jesus, the divine Redeemer. She gave flesh to the Word and birth to our Redeemer, and intensely suffered with him at the foot of the Cross—all for our Redemption (Gen. 3:15; Lk. 1:38, Lk. 2:35; Jn. 19:26-27).
Mary is the human Mediatrix of all graces with Jesus, the one divine Mediator. Because of her unique participation with Jesus in the work of Redemption, she rightly became the Mediatrix of all his redemptive graces for humanity (Lk. 1:38, Jn. 2:5: Jn. 19:26-27).
Mary is the human Advocate with Jesus, our divine Advocate. She brings our needs to the throne of her divine Son, and protects us from dangers through the power of the Holy Spirit. (1 Kings 2:19; Jn. 2:1-10; Acts 1:14).
Jesus is the divine Redeemer, Mediator and Advocate. They are his titles first. But Mary, as an immaculate human mother, uniquely participated in these saving roles of Jesus. So should every Christian, on our own fallen yet redeemed human level, through our prayers, sacrifices, evangelization, charity, and the offering of our sufferings, united to those of Jesus, for the salvation of our brothers and sisters in the world (Col. 1:24).
I believe that the Father and the Son have sent Mary into the world now, in order to intercede for a New Pentecost, a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit for our troubled world. But first, we must acknowledge Mary as our Spiritual Mother, under its three key manifestations as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. With humanity’s acknowledgement and consent, our Mother can then fully execute these roles of intercession, which will in turn affect an epic renewal in grace and peace for humanity.
The Pope, as Vicar of Christ on earth, holds within his office the keys of the greatest authority on earth (Mt. 16:15-20). A solemn proclamation or “dogma” by the Vicar of Christ would represent a positive human “yes” on behalf of all humanity. A papal proclamation would manifest to God that we, as a human race, acknowledge and gratefully accept the full intercessory power of our Spiritual Mother now, amidst the unprecedented chaos and confusion, suffering and division, that presently infiltrates 2021.
Surely we now realize, at this grave moment of history, that we can no longer remedy our present tragic human situation by conventional means alone. I believe that only the Mother of all peoples can now save the world from universal calamity.
Pope Francis has declared 2021 as the “Year of St. Joseph.” St. Joseph was the custodian of the Redeemer and the protector of Our Lady on earth. Who better, then, to protect and advance the cause of Our Lady’s truth and titles toward their providential dogmatic definition than St. Joseph?
Let us, then, invoke St. Joseph daily during this year, perhaps using his anointed litan